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Next Scheduled Meeting:

Friday, November 11, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. - Vista Drive In

About Our Club

The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.


  • Christmas Party
  • Field Day
  • Picnic/Auction
  • Program
  • Publicity
  • Repeater
  • RFI

    To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.

  • Contacting Us

  • President
  • MAARS Facebook Page
  • MAARS Google Group
  • PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613

  • Meetings

    After a lengthy discussion in January 2015, our meeting pattern and site have changed. We'll experiment with eating meetings at Vista Drive In, 1911 Tuttle Creek Blvd., in Manhattan. We'll meet on 2nd Fridays, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Vista's group room has been reserved for us. Everyone is welcome. Here are Vista's meal options, starting with sandwiches. Click under Menu to see other items.

    Check Upcoming Events below, to confirm details for the next meeting.


    Manhattan Weekly Net

  • Tuesdays at 9 P.M.
  • KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
  • All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
  • Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
  • On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.

  • Officers for 2015-16

    President Mark Benfer, KCØQAS (785) 341-2125 Send email
    Vice-President George Johnson, KEØALQ    
    Secretary Jim Foster, KDØNQQ  
    Treasurer Patti Johnson, KEØBBJ    
    Trustee Mike Moore, NØPVU    
    WARN Coordinator Mark Benfer, KCØQAS    


    Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.

    Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.

    Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)

    Manhattan Area Repeaters
    CallsignFreq./OffsetOpen/ClosedPL ToneNotes
    147.315 +
    open162.2Ft. Riley / J.C.
    444.525 +
    open162.2Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)
    147.255 +
    open88.5autopatch, wx net
    145.410 -
    444.175 +

    Upcoming Events 2016



    • Friday, October 14, 1830-2030 CDT: Orientation and Prep
    • Saturday, October 15, 0800-1600 CDT: Medical, Fire and Search & Rescue
    • Sunday, October 16, 0900-1600 CDT: Disaster Psychology, Organization, Anti-Terrorism, Exercises
    • Participants are required to attend the entire program to receive the coveted FEMA certificate for the class. It is worth 20 hours of credit through FEMA (which is good for CEUs in some professions). The CERT class is free, and those that register will receive a free training manual. Please RSVP so you will get the material, and they will know how many students they have. RSVP to your county EM rep (listed below) if you are from Riley or Pott. county. If you live outside those counties, RSVP with either. Just be sure to RSVP with one of them, so you get your manual.
    • (this information provided by George Johnson, KEØALQ)
    • session 1: Nov. 12, 9:00 A - 5:00 P
    • session 2: Nov. 19, 9:00 A - 3:00 P
    • FCC license test: Nov. 19 at 1:00 P ($15.00)
    • Pottawatomie County EMS Building, 406 Miller Drive, Wamego
    • To reserve a place, contact Natasha Hunter, 785 457-3358,